Options for Ayurvedic Self-Care, by Karyn Chabot, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipThese ayurvedic self-care tips will help pacify the vata dosha within your body. Vata is also known as the wind, or ether and air elements. When vata is elevated in your body, you could experience anxiety, insecurity, indecision, confusion, fear, tremors, paranoia or loneliness. Physically, you could experience constipation, dry skin, gas, bloating, chills, indigestion, hypermetabolism, palpitations, lack of appetite and other symptoms.

The tips below will help keep your vata (internal wind) in a balanced state.

1. Eat your meals at the same time every day (or at least one meal).

2. Plan your meals to avoid becoming anxious, cranky and hungry.

3. Stay quiet during each massage session; be an active listener.

4. Walk slowly, unless you are exercising. Walking more than two hours will irritate vata.

5. Think positive thoughts and read daily affirmations.

6. Avoid chatty people and long phone calls.

7. Eat warm, unctuous foods, especially on cold, windy, dry days.

8. Avoid scary movies.

9. Avoid being in confused relationships.

10. Stay warm.

11. Go to bed at or before 10 p.m.

12. Get a weekly massage with warm, organic, edible oil (i.e., sesame, sunflower or castor oil).

13. Give yourself a daily oil rubdown (abhyanga).

14. Surround yourself with soft things, such as pillows.

15. Avoid being late or rushed.

16. Avoid over-exercising.

17. Surround yourself with friends who make you laugh.

18. Adopt a personal daily restorative yoga routine and pranayama breathing.

19. Avoid carbonated beverages.

20. Avoid excessive mouth breathing while giving a massage. Instead, learn ujjayi breathing in and out of the nose.

21. Create more structure in your life.

22. Slow down, and meditate for at least 20 minutes each day.

Karyn Chabot, Options for Ayurvedic Self-Care, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipKaryn Chabot graduated from Goddard College with her bachelor’s degree in alternative health in 1995. In 1997, she graduated and studied with Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S, at his school, The Ayurvedic Institute, in New Mexico. That same year, she also graduated from Universal Massage Therapeutics of New Mexico. During the past 23 years of working in the health industry, she became a licensed and nationally certified massage therapist and continuing-education provider for other massage therapists. In 1998, she became certified as a Ayur*Yoga Therapist, and later graduated from the Ayurveda-Yoga Institute of New York City. She then became certified as a master crystologist with the Taomchi Association of America, Reiki practitioner, certified Quantum Touch therapist and certified fitness trainer and nutritionist. She also holds certification as a Pancha Karma Therapist and Medical Thai Therapist. For more information, visit http://www.sacredstonehealing.com.